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Need clarification on Google Nest WiFi operation regarding frequencies

webJose
Community Member

Hello.  I am new to the whole smart house deal.  I am in the process of buying a home and I have read and heard that Google Nest WiFi, although an expensive setup, is super reliable and provides strong signals.  I am therefore leaning towards buying it.

But since WiFi is the heart of the smart house, it is probably the most important part to know in detail.  Well, I have read that one doesn't get to decide which frequency the WiFi is set up, that Nest WiFi decides on its own.  Does this mean that I get a WiFi network on either 2.4 or 5GHz?  I worry because most smart IoT accessories like bulbs, switches and whatnot come for 2.4GHz connectivity only.

So what's the deal here?  If I go for Google Nest WiFi, do I get a single network on a specific frequency?  Or do I get both?  Or can I choose (but apparently you can't)?

I beg for your expert advise and precise/assertive responses.

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olavrb
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You'll get one SSID (or two if you enable the guest network) broadcasting on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

IoT/ "smart" equipment designed properly will then be able to connect to 2.4GHz. Like my 4x Nest protect, 4x Mill heat ovens, 1x Roborock/ Xiaomi S50 vacuum, and 1x Netatmo Home Coach.

You can not disable/ enable/ seperate 2.4ghz and 5ghz manually, at will.

More info here:


I don't work for Google.

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olavrb
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olavrb
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You'll get one SSID (or two if you enable the guest network) broadcasting on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

IoT/ "smart" equipment designed properly will then be able to connect to 2.4GHz. Like my 4x Nest protect, 4x Mill heat ovens, 1x Roborock/ Xiaomi S50 vacuum, and 1x Netatmo Home Coach.

You can not disable/ enable/ seperate 2.4ghz and 5ghz manually, at will.

More info here:


I don't work for Google.

webJose
Community Member

That's great @olavrb thanks for clarifying as it was confusing for me.

Some further reading and product exploring has led me to a review of a TP-Link mesh that claims to have Zigbee and Bluetooth, and I have seen some products, like door locks, that seem to be Bluetooth-only.  I suppose Nest WiFi can only handle WiFi devices, correct?  If I were to buy a BT device, I won't be able to hook it up.  Only products with the BT antenna will handle those.  Accurate?

olavrb
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webJose
Community Member

Interesting.  So Thread and any BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) devices.  I wonder if BLE excludes regular Bluetooth.  As in, it HAS to be BLE or else doesn't work.  Anyway, this has been very helpful.  I appreciate all your help.

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, webJose.

It looks like you were able to get an answer with olavrb's help, but I just want to follow up real fast and see if you needed anything else here. If so, just let me know.

Thanks!

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, everyone.
As we haven't had any activity here recently I'm going to go ahead and close the thread. If you have more to add, feel free to start a new discussion.
Thanks